Pistorius reports at police station for community service
SOMERSET WEST, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius walked into a South African police station Saturday to report for community service, the first public sighting of the double-amputee athlete since he was released from jail in secret last month and moved to house arrest.
Pistorius is currently serving a five-year sentence for shooting to death girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and can only leave home for specific reasons, like attending church or for the community service tasks he has been ordered to do.
Looking thin and pale and wearing sunglasses and a black baseball cap pulled down low, Pistorius arrived early Saturday morning at the Garsfontein police station in the South African capital, Pretoria. He was in a white t-shirt and baggy khaki pants, and had a backpack on.
In a video clip published by South African media, a woman says “Hi Oscar, how are you?” as Pistorius walks past a small group of journalists and into the station. Pistorius does not reply, instead looking down at the ground as he passes.
He was accompanied by an unidentified woman, who Eyewitness News said was a social worker.
Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter for killing Steenkamp in 2013.
He was released from jail Oct. 19, in line with South African corrections department regulations, to serve the remaining four years of the sentence under house arrest at his uncle’s mansion in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria.
But having been acquitted of murder at trial last year, the 28-year-old Pistorius is facing a second legal challenge.
Prosecutors argued at the Supreme Court on Nov. 3 that Pistorius should be found guilty of murder. At the appeal Pistorius’ lawyer was grilled by a panel of judges over the Olympic athlete’s actions on the night he shot Steenkamp.
Prosecutors argued that the judge at Pistorius’ murder trial made errors when she acquitted him of murder.
The panel of five Supreme Court judges has the power to upgrade Pistorius’ culpable homicide conviction to murder, which would mean the runner faces a 15-year jail sentence. The Supreme Court, which can also order a retrial or rule that Pistorius’ manslaughter conviction was correct, is expected to give its judgment at the end of this month.